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Thursday, December 20, 2018 

IDW's still got the Transformers license, and is rebooting the series next year

Did IDW manage to salvage the license permit from Hasbro so they could keep publishing Transformers comics? So it would seem, in this news announcing a reboot, beginning with a prequel detailing how the Autobot/Decepticon war began:
The war between Autobots and Decepticons will start all over again in 2019, but IDW Publishing’s ambitious Transformers comic book relaunch is, fittingly, more than meets the eye — expanding the franchise in new directions by revealing the origins of the conflict that traveled from Cybertron to Earth and beyond.

The new series, titled simply Transformers, will see writer Brian Ruckley and artists Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph tell the story of Cybertron before the war, and of the mysterious death that ended an age of peace on the planet. Bumblebee, soon to star in his own movie, will be one of the protagonists of the new title, which will publish twice a month.
Sounds like they're taking a pretty costly publishing schedule too, not unlike what Amazing Spider-Man must've cost when Marvel started putting it out almost weekly a decade ago. What remains to be seen is if they're willing to avoid shoving in social justice propaganda this time, recalling, as former EIC and now publisher Chris Ryall himself stated, they were injecting LGBT propaganda, practically to insult the audience. With such deliberate contempt, it's no wonder sales plummeted the first time around, and if they repeat the mistakes, they can't expect any different.

So assuming IDW survives to publish this, the question remains - have they at least transformed their business ethics for the better?

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Don't forget about the robo-gorn, the heavily continuity-infused story that locked out new readers, and the erratic shipping schedule.

I'm not sure what else they could do with that continuity but unless this time the Autobots and humans become allies against the Decepticons and drops the quasi-mystical stuff Furman stuffed into it all the way back in the Marvel years it's going to go the same route as the previous one and I won't be interested.

To be fair, the quasi-mystical stuff was only brought in when Furman was switched from the UK Transformers comic to the US version. Then again, I wouldn't mind if some of the elements from the pre-Furman era that haven't aged well would be dropped as well.

Do the comics More Than Meets The Eyes and Robots In Disguise really deserve all those awards and accolades, or are the concepts of "bribery" and "voting bias" involved here?

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